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Gelati Monastery

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Recommended sightseeing time:1-2 hours
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Gelati Monastery was built in the 12th century AD, the most powerful Georgian King David IV. The great king who led Georgians to drive Turks out of Transcaucasus was buried in the monastery. This Byzantine building is currently undergoing renovations, but it does not prevent access to the interior. The main building of the church retains a large number of frescoes from the 12th to 18th centuries in the Virgin Church, which is breathtaking. There are two kinds of frescoes, mosaic paintings and frescoes. The interior of the church is mainly frescoes. Although the entire mural from the dome to the root of the wall has gone through hundreds of years, the original beautiful color has faded, but the splendid history can be seen from the mottled historical traces.

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King David IV, the "builder" of unified Georgia, built the Gelati Monastery in AD 1106, which symbolized the heyday of medieval Georgia. Today, the main building of the monastery, the Church of the Virgin, is still a relic of that era and the essence of the monastery. The church is full of frescoes, mainly including: the statue of the seven generations of Georgian monarchs on the north wall, the "builder" David IV who created the church, Bagrat III, the builder of Bagrati, etc. On the opposite wall, there is Constantine Statues of Emperor Ding and his mother Helena. In the church, you can also watch the statues of the Virgin and Child enshrined in the shrine, the Archangel Gabriel and Michael's covenant. The original east gate of the monastery has an inscribed door panel in Arabic, which is the spoils of war recovered from Ganj City when Dimitri, the son of David, the "builder", went on an expedition to Ganj. King David IV was buried under this door panel. inside the porch.
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